SCHL 5100 Cooperative Collection Development


SCHL 5100 Cooperative Collection Development

Inventive ways to increase the collection of information available for their students through collaboration with other information agencies.

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Cooperative Collection Development Ideas - Sarah Uhl

Long-term/Low costCultivate a relationship with your state library, and introduce students to the vast array of resources these institutions possess. A partnership with your state library may enable…Continue

Started by Sarah Uhl Dec 8, 2013.

Fiscal Issues- Becky McCallum

Long Term/Low CostAs a 4th grade teacher, my team and I have devised a “Community Calendar” in which we plan events for students, parents, and teachers to attend once or twice a month.  One of our…Continue

Started by Becky McCallum Dec 16, 2012.

Fiscal Issue Ideas 1 Reply

1.Short Term/Low (no) CostCoordinate with the local Barnes and Noble to host a Book Fair. In the past, we haven’t gotten much “business” from the Scholastic Book Fairs with our 8th and 9th graders,…Continue

Started by Mary Cummings. Last reply by David Sanger Dec 16, 2012.

Cooperative Collection Development Ideas 1 Reply

Short Term/ Low Cost Activity I suggest creating a free experience. I love the idea of inviting authors to the library via Skype. But why not invite more than authors? We could arrange for…Continue

Started by Barbara Lynn Garcia. Last reply by David Sanger Dec 16, 2012.

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Comment by David Sanger on January 2, 2012 at 8:05pm

Great idea Amber.  I have not heard of the "Museum Day before.  What  a great way to honor the work of your students. 

Comment by Amber Coniff on December 10, 2011 at 2:28pm

One way the library can expand its collection is to host museum for a day. Student projects are displayed for other classes to come and view. Each project should be labeled with a short description, explaining the display. This example is free and can be done throughout the year. To bump it up a notch in cost and benefit, the librarian could also arrange for real artifacts to be displayed during this time. The Colorado Historical Society and The Denver Museum of Nature and Science both offer trunk check-outs for a very low cost.

This type of library cooperative development benefits everyone. First, students are always more invested in their projects, and thus learning, when they know that there is an authentic purpose for them. Other students will benefit because they will learn from these displays. Including the real artifacts increases the authenticity for everyone. The true cost is time, but students and teachers would be helping with set-up and clean-up. Parents can also be involved in helping. The library itself benefits as well. Parents, staff, and students will be in the library which makes it more visible and accessible.

Another low cost way to develop information is to find professionals to review student work.  For example, a scientist can read a student’s science paper or a poet can read a student’s poem. The cost for this idea is time and patience and it probably would need to be done on a small scale. Finding the right professionals will take time. Students would greatly benefit from this activity as they would be getting feedback from experts in the field.

Comment by Mollie Goings on December 10, 2011 at 1:47pm

One example of a short term, low cost activity would be to develop a partnership with a local high school or middle school and have older students visit the library to do short presentations or activities related to their “passion area.” The Gifted & Talented teacher at our local high school organized a group to do presentations like this, and the elementary students ate it up! Many of the elementary students were eager to check out books or learn more about some of the “passion areas” long after the high schoolers left.


One example of a long term, high cost activity would be developing a collection of PlayAways within the library. Although the PlayAways are more expensive than a book (about $50 each), they would make books more accessible to struggling readers, students with learning disabilities, or English language learners. The library where I did my elementary field experience had about 25 PlayAways available for student check-out (with parent permission!) and the students absolutely loved them! Some teachers also checked out the PlayAways to use in the classroom for literature circles. This way, students who might not be able to read a particular book could still discuss it with their classmates.

Comment by Tiffany Goff on December 7, 2011 at 8:46pm

An example of a short term/low cost activity would be to integrate a summer reading fundraiser.  It could be a Summer Reading Beach Bash!  You could kick it off the last week of school with a beach theme party explaining how it will work including information about public library reading programs.  The students could pledge to read so many pages/books and have friends and family sponsor them.  They could pledge a certain amount per page/book or just give a flat donation.  If the students meet their goals, they collect their pledges/donations from their sponsors.  Students could receive prizes determined by what level they accomplished. (Depending on the prizes however, it might become high cost.) 


Another really easy short term/low cost activity could be to have a “Hat Day” to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday.  Students and staff would have to pay a dollar to wear a hat and then be entered a drawing for gift certificates for the spring book fair.  PTA could purchase the gift certificates which in turn would help boost sales for the book fair, making the library more money.  Guest readers could also pay to wear hats and be entered in the drawing.  A wish list could be posted to help encourage guest readers or parents to purchase books for the library.


A long term/high cost activity would be to purchase eBooks for the library.  They would make whole class instruction easier because every student could have the book on the screen right in front of them and they could be used for guided reading instruction.  Shelf space would be saved, they would wear better than books, and kids love anything related to technology.  It might even spark a reading interest for those reluctant readers.

Comment by Megan Gilbert on December 5, 2011 at 10:26pm

I think I might have posted in the wrong spot to begin with.  So if everyone sees this sorry!

Short Term/Low Cost Activities


  1. I think a Read-A-Thon would be good idea for a short-term, low cost activity.  To organize this activity, I would have to get all the teacher’s on board and get principal and teacher approval. Also, I would have to collaborate with teachers and principal to decide when a good idea for this would be.  My idea is that we could set aside a time one time during the quarter where the entire school can bring a pillow, blanket, and a book and read.  The school could also provide popcorn to the student body because our school has a large popcorn machine and tons of popcorn.  Teachers would participate as well and students could see them reading as well.  Also, the library would be open so students could check out books and get recommendations.
  2. For the second activity, I thought of building our students historical knowledge of our area and ancestry.  To accomplish this, I would bring in the Daughter of the Utah Pioneers  (DUP).  This organization is known to travel around and will go to different schools and give demonstrations on pioneer life in Utah and tell stories of the particular area and the people who once lived there.  The best part is that they do all of this for free.  They have spinning wheels with wool, they teach them how to churn butter, they have students make their own bread dough, and then tell stories.  This works to get the community involved with the students and library.  We could also look up stories of different pioneers with the reference texts we have available.


Short Term/High Cost Activities


  1. My first idea for this is what I would call a “Parents and Pastries Day!”  Before or after school on a certain day each quarter, parents could come with their students to enjoy a pastry and a beverage.  While there, they will have the opportunity to enter their names into drawing for books or gift cards to book stores to purchase their own books.  They would be welcome to stay and read with their children as the drawings are taking place.  This would also be a time to have a wish list for the library of different books that parents could buy for the library or for a particular teacher or their own student.  This would kind of function like a book fair. Students would benefit to see their parents come in and spend time with their students.
  2. Fan club t-shirts or hoodies for reading.  Jr. high students love any t-shirts or hoodies.  We always spend money on t-shirts for school spirit and sports, but never for Reader’s Club.  So, for those students in Reader’s Club, I would buy a t-shirt that had a clever reading quote or something like that on it.  We would have days where we wear our t-shirts and be proud to be in Reader’s Club





Long Term/ Low Cost Activities


  1. I would like to set up Ning, blog, or website for students to discuss books they are reading or books they want to read.  I would want it so they can discuss certain books they are reading as a class.  They would also be able to see what new books are in the library with links to book trailers about new and interesting books.
  2. I would like to implement a Reader’s Club, and have parties for the students who are excelling in reading.  This will be measured by how many Accelerated Reader points the students can get or it can also be determined by teacher recommendation for those students who struggle with reading and getting a lot of points through Accelerated Reader, but still have a love for reading and deserve to go.  The cost would come in with little snacks for the students and the cost of renting a movie for them to watch. This would happen continuously throughout the years.


Long Term/ High Cost


  1. Create a museum.  Start small, but begin buying and collecting interesting objects, books, and such to create artifacts that students would want to see.  We could pay to rent fossils, rare books, bones, and other museum artifacts to get the interest back to the students and the community to come back into the library.  Loaning these artifacts costs money even when it comes from the Historical and Archeological Society from Utah.  We could rent artifacts every quarter for different curriculums in the schools to benefit all teachers.
  2. Sorry, but I have to say it—eReaders..  I know these are very popular and obvious, but our school is in desperate need to get up with the technological times to fully keep up with our 21st century learners.  These would benefit the entire school to have ebooks and eReader available for students to rent and get exposure to.
Comment by Karen Waanders on December 5, 2011 at 8:36pm

#1 Field Trip to the Public Library

A short-term, low-cost activity would be to have each 3rd or 4th grade class make a field trip to the local public library in the fall of tthe school year.  Have them all sign up for their own library card, and have the public librarian introduce them to databases that are available as well as the other features that can help them with homework.  

#2 Literacy Night - Plan a literacy night in conjunction with a Scholastic book fair to promote visibility of the library and the programs that are offered.  Have different stations that families travel to where they enjoy books and activities.  Provide a final information session for parents about the programs the library offers, as well as information about local public library offerings.  Provide family literacy activities to take home to promote reading at home.

Comment by Jill Weaver on December 5, 2011 at 8:06pm

An example of a short-term, low-cost activity to improve primary school library visibility and promote an enjoyment of reading would be to host a before-school “morning with mom” or “daybreak with dad” reading time (with grandparents, caregivers, family friends, or staff members being allowed to substitute for a parent).  Invite parents in to read with their child before school and hand them a ticket as they leave.  Ask the PTA to fund donuts, juice, and coffee in the cafeteria afterwards, where students can “buy” the donuts with their reading ticket and discuss what they read with their parents and friends before the morning bell.


An example of a long-term, low-cost activity to continually justify the need for a current biography collection would be for students to research a famous person, either historical or modern, and write reports, collaborating with the librarian and the classroom teacher.  Students can then dress in costume and annually present their reports to parents and other classes in the building. 


A short-term, high-cost activity example would be to schedule a University-based mobile science lab to visit, such as or to present a fun science lesson based on current curricular needs.  These could be used to jumpstart a research project or culminate it.

Comment by Kristi McWilliams on December 3, 2011 at 9:46pm

Short Term/Low Cost Activity

#1  "Book Swap"  

This could be located in the library or main hallway. The idea is that students/parents will donate books (paperback or hardback)  in good condition and then they can take a book....give one/take one! This is great for all: students, teachers and community. This does not take much effort and no one has to man the table....maybe a little straightening here and there! Who doesn't like a "free" book? and what better way to get literature into the hands of everyone!

#2  Use Book Sale (Fundraiser)

School community donates gently used books (paperback/hardcover) to the cause.  Collect books over 2-4 week time period; have volunteers collect and organize the books as they come in, and also promote the "Used Book Sale". The volunteers would organize the books in the gym/cafeteria for one day after school and sale the books.  50 cents for paperback, $1 for hardcover.  Profits could be given to the library or the teacher's classroom.

Long Term/High Cost

Begin purchasing e-books for the library. This is a costly purchase but would be a good investment in the long run.  Ebooks would save on shelf space and also alleviates the book being lost or damaged, which in turn alleviates the book being replaced or repaired.  E-books never wear out! Let's face it students these days love their digital devices...we need to meet them where they are!

Comment by Sarah Bernstein on May 14, 2010 at 1:30pm
Long Term / Low Cost: I hope to utilize free Web 2.0 tools to encourage collaboration with my peers and students alike. Starting a Wiki or Ning for teachers and staff to collaborate resources (lessons on research or information literacy) would be really helpful. This could be extended to the kids as well: for instance, a Ning could be created for book clubs or book reviews. Kids love to share their opinions and encourage others to pick up their favorite reads.

Another Low Cost / Long Term: The Golden Public Library has had a very effective relationship with a group of fraternity brothers from the School of Mines. Each Tuesday a frat brother or two show up as free tutors for any kid K-12. The library is able to offer extra instructional support to the kids; the fraternity brothers are able to their hours of community service which is a requirement of theirs. This is a completely free, win-win situation that has been self-sustaining for over eight years.

Short Term / High Cost: As you can see from the post above, I am really excited about putting some book clubs together. The cost wouldn't be astronomical, but making sure we have enough copies of each selection for all the kids could be pricey. However, I think it is so important to encourage reading for enjoyment. The cooperative discussions and analysis over a choice YA book would be most beneficial. Our school is pretty impacted, though, and so asking kids to purchase their own copies wouldn't be effective.
Comment by Carolin A. Hardesty on May 14, 2010 at 11:10am

Every summer our public library hosts a summer reading program. Since we are a rural school I would invite them to do a kick-off presentation at our school. They could bring and distribute the materials instead of having students go into town to pick them up. I would offer to collect and turn in the reading logs and other materials to the public library myself for those who can’t get into town. I would pick up rewards and bring them back to the school to give to the students who earned them. This would increase community involvement and promote reading during the months the students are not in school. We all know that after summer there is ground lost that needs to be made up academically.


I would like to host author visit of a Wyoming native or an author who writes about Wyoming like Kenneth Thomasma or Eugene Gagliano. Even authors from surrounding states would be relative. These authors could bring books for students to purchase and/or the library would purchase some for door prizes. This type of event would be great for our library because it would help to promote local authors and/or illustrators.


I would set up lunch group and before school book clubs. Each month there will be a different genre, theme or author to enjoy. I will develop activities, crafts and snacks to go with the book. If we do a picture book there would be a different one each week and if we do a chapter book there would be only one per month. This club would most likely be most effective during the winter months when it’s too cold to go out and play. I want the students to know that the library is open more than just the scheduled time with their class.

I would set up a monthly family literacy night. Every month our library would host a family literacy night. I would begin with a read aloud to demonstrate how effective and exciting reading can be. Books would be set up at tables for families to read. Each family can check out up to 10 books to take home and share as a family. Snacks and drinks would be served. Families would be encouraged to dress for the theme like Dr. Seuss night when we celebrate his birthday. This would help to promote families spending time together and reading for enjoyment.


I would want to build up an e-book or i-pod collection so students can check books out electronically. Our school does not have any of this latest technology yet and it would definitely take some time to establish.

Our school is finally purchasing Accelerated Reader and it will need the library to keep track of and promote star readers. We are ordering lexile levels for all books and they will need to be marked accordingly. We want this to be a reading incentive program not a punishment for students who don’t want to read or aren’t interested.

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